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Obituaries week of Feb. 9

James “Ron” Abercrombie 


A graveside funeral service and interment for James “Ron” Abercrombie, 71, was held Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. at Hartselle City Cemetery with Bro. Harold Thompson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. 

Mr. Abercrombie died Jan. 30 at The Terrace at Priceville. He was born April 28, 1950, in Franklin County to Alvin Abercrombie and Earline Cantrell Abercrombie.
He is preceded in death by his father, Alvin Abercrombie, and survived by his wife of 43 years, Pamela Abercrombie; his daughter, Jenifer Abercrombie; his mother, Earline Abercrombie; his brother, Keith Abercrombie (Teresa); and his sister, Anne Ennis (Boyd). 

An active member of the community, Ron served the City of Hartselle for more than 50 years as a part of Abercrombie Chevrolet and owner of WQAH 105.7 Big Country Radio. He was also a former member and chairman of the Hartselle City Schools Board.  

In his time spent away from work and family, Ron would often be found on the water enjoying the natural beauty of the Tennessee Valley while fishing with friends.  

Ron was a long-time member of the Ninth Street United Methodist Church until its closing in 2017 and recently attended Central Baptist Church in Decatur. 

The family would like to extend “special gratitude” to The Terrace at Priceville and Hospice of the Valley for the excellent care they provided Ron and his family at the end of his life. 

Pallbearers were Todd Thompson, Chris Bennett, Horace Hoult, Jerry Collier, Keith Abercrombie and Boyd Ennis Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Boyd Ennis and Carl Terry.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be made to Hospice of the Valley or to the organization of your choice. 


Hazel P. Wood 


Funeral service for Hazel P. Wood, 89, was held Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Van Wray officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery. 

Mrs. Wood died Jan. 30 at Redstone Village. She was born June 23, 1932, in Morgan County to Roy Israel Wray and Floye Mae Wray. She was a homemaker for her family and had a boundless love for family and friends.  

She was a faithful caregiver, loved to travel with her family, was an avid bowler and was on the Senior Leagues for Hartselle and Decatur.  

She was a member of the Gracepoint Church.  

She was wonderful wife to her husband, Joseph Wood, from 1956 until his death in 2002. Her brother, Billie Wray, a sister, Louise Henderson, and her parents also preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a son, Scott Wood; daughters, Kay Griffin and Stacey Bauman; and three grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were James Wray, T.J. Henderson, Wayne Wray, David Mangum, Justin Henderson and Daniel Henderson. 


Bobby Wayne Collins Sr. 


Funeral service for Bobby Wayne Collins Sr., 70, was held Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Wray and Bro. Dennis Latham officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in
Rock Creek Cemetery. 

Mr. Collins died Jan. 30 at his residence. He was born Oct. 22, 1951, in Morgan County to Bud Collins and Mildred Louise Bost Collins. He was the owner-operator of Bobby Collins Logging LLC and was a member of the Forest Hill Baptist Church.  

He loved his family. His wife of 48 years, his children and his grandchildren were the light of his life. He
enjoyed spending time at the lake and enjoyed his music. 

His family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Cadence Dickerson and Hospice Family Care. 

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Collins; son, Bo Collins (Valerie); daughters, Shannon Weissend (Ricky) and Brandy Miller (Don); sisters, Phyliss Keel and Susan Whitehead; and grandchildren, Kolton Oden, Branch Miller, Raegan Weissend, Case Weissend, Brody Collins and Jaylen Collins. 

Pallbearers were Dale Blackwood, Brody Collins, Don Miller, Kolton Oden, Gonzalo Ramirez and Ricky Weissend. Honorary pallbearers were Branch Miller and Case Weissend. 


Anthony Holt
Funeral service for Anthony Holt, 45, was held Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dewayne Woodall and Bro. Josh Stancil officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.  

Mr. Holt died Feb. 1 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born March 26, 1976, in Cullman County to Larry A. Holt and Barbara Bagwell. He was employed as a project manager for Sue-Jac prior to his passing. He was a wonderful husband, father and son and will be missed.
Survivors include his wife, Stacy Amanda Holt; father, Larry A. Holt; mother, Barbara McCay (Auburn); son, Logan James Holt; and daughter, Layah Nichole Holt. 


Peggy H. Parr
Funeral service for Peggy H. Parr, 92, was held Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Patton, Bro. Bill Hall and Bro. Lance Blackburn officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery.  

Mrs. Parr passed away Feb. 1 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Morgan County to Grady Butler Hanks and Thelma Eloise Chapman Hanks. She was a lifelong member of the
Somerville Road Church of Christ, was a homemaker for her family and was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry A. Parr, and her parents. 

Survivors include her son, David Parr (Maggie), Hartselle; daughters, Brenda P. Spencer, Hartselle, and Sandra P. Meadows (Jim), Hartselle; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Jason Spencer, Trai Meadows, Tyde Meadows, Tron Meadows, Spencer Ambrose, Jace Meadows. Andrew Ambrose and Oliver Ambrose.

Cynthia Ann Mills
Funeral service for Cynthia Ann Mills, 67, was held Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Henderson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery. 

Ms. Mills died Jan. 31 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born April 15, 1954, in Jefferson County to Clifford Beasley and Phoebe Kirk Beasley. She was a homemaker for her family and a wonderful mother and grandmother.  

Her parents preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a daughter, April Suggs (Joseph) and Amanda Brown; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Billy Mills, Jimmy Barber, Jeff McClellan, Jospeh Suggs and Ricky Joe Smith. 

Lorene Dutton Bryant
Funeral service for Lorene Dutton Bryant, 101, was held Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at McKendree United Methodist Church with Bro. Virgil Bohn and Bro. Darrell Mosley officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in McKendree Cemetery.  

Mrs. Bryant passed away Feb. 2 at her residence. She was born Feb. 16, 1920, in Morgan County to Daniel Moody Dutton and Laura Bell (Minor) Dutton. 

Lorene was never happier than when she was working in her garden. She displayed her creative talents in her art and the clothes she sewed for her family and the curtains she created for her home. 

Lorene was a gifted teacher. She loved all of her students and created costumes for her plays at school. She loved nature and never lost her excitement for each season. She wrote essays and poems about snow in winter and leaves in autumn. Her grandchildren adored her. She made playing, working and learning so much more fun. She had a deep faith in God and love for her family, church and community. 

She was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church. She was retired as a schoolteacher from Crestline School in Hartselle, Danville School at Danville and Massey School in Morgan County. She will be missed by all who knew her. 

Preceding her in death were her husband, John Thomas Bryant; her parents; brothers, Louie Dutton and Ottis Dutton; and sisters, Irene Pope and Ilva Aldridge. 

Survivors include her son, John S. Bryant (Laurie); daughter, Pamelia Bryant Holmes (Greg); grandchildren, Mitchell Bryant Owens Sr., John Wesley Owens, David Alford Owens and Andrew Peter Owens; and great-grandchildren, Mitchell Bryant Owens Jr., Silas Owens, Eve Owens, Claire Owens and Meryl Owens. 

Pallbearers were Mitchell Bryant Owens Sr., John Wesley Owens, David Alford Owens, Andrew Peter Owens, Brent Breedlove and Mitchell Bryant Owens Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Willard Asherbranner, Barry Dutton, Mark England, Tim Laney, Robert Pope, Joseph Richardson and Jack Summerford. 


Charles Wayne “Chuck” Cobb
Funeral service for Charles Wayne “Chuck” Cobb, 54, was held Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Ray Halbrooks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. 

Mr. Cobb passed away Feb. 1 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born Nov. 18, 1967, in Morgan County to Wendell Wayne Cobb and Jane Goodwin. He was the feed mill plant manager for the Alabama Farmers Cooperative prior to his passing.  

Chuck loved to quail hunt and enjoyed hunting at Chalk Branch Hunting Club, and he was a guide for Hurricane Creek Lodge in Vina. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Cobb; daughter, Olivia Cobb; stepmother, Gloria Cobb; brother, Mike Davis (Julie); and sisters, Terri Cobb Kelsoe (Stacey), Tina Metz (David) and Michelle Davis Baker. 


Linda W. Thompson
Linda Wright Thompson, 82, passed away at her home Jan. 6 with many loved ones having been by her side.
A Celebration of Life service will be held by her family Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Service will be held at Nature’s Trail Church at 1408 Shoal Creek Road, Decatur, with Johnny Maxwell officiating. She will be laid to rest in Shuqualak Cemetery in Mississippi next to her husband, Thomas Lewis Thompson Jr. Peck Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

Mrs. Thompson was born in Pickens County to Paul David Wright and Zilla Shelton Wright. She was a Christian and member of Methodist Church of Brooksville, Mississippi. She attended Brooksville High School, where she enjoyed playing high school basketball. Aug. 10, 1959, she married the love of her life, Thomas Lewis Thompson Jr. They and their four children were residing in Meridian, Mississippi, at the time of his death. 

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Thompson and her four children relocated to Alabama. She attended Rainey’s Beauty Academy in Decatur, where she obtained her cosmetology diploma. She last worked at Magic Mirror in Decatur. She began a second career at Medical Care Products in Decatur as a supervisor, retired again, then continued working, sitting with the elderly. 

Mrs. Thompson was better known as “Nanny” not only by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren but a host of others who loved her. She had a great love for the outdoors: flowers, birds and four-leaf clovers. However, what she enjoyed the most was spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all her family. 

Preceding her in death was her husband, Thomas Lewis Thompson Jr.; her parents, Paul David Wright and Zilla Shelton Wright; brothers, Lavert (Liz), Lauren, Charles, Gene (Pat); and sisters, Elaine McDill (Homer) and Fay Smith (Steve).
Survivors include her son, Thomas Lewis Thompson III (Felicia) of Decatur; daughters, Jennifer Cullision of Decatur, Denise Lane (Bobby) of Hartselle and Robyn Thompson Ayers of Decatur; grandchildren, Zachary Cullison (Tracey), Mason Cullison (Ashley), Hannah Victorino (Matt Baldwin), Jessica Bzdell (John), Chance Lane (Megan), Austin Thompson (Samantha) and Mackenzie Stone; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Jordan and Caroline Cullison, Peyton, Jaelyn and Stella Cullison, Colt, Carter and Knoxten Lane and Lemon and Ollie Bzdell; brother-in-law, Steve Smith (Fay, deceased) and sister-in-law, Pat Wright (Gene, deceased); numerous nephews and nieces; and long-time special friend, Grady Lang. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley or to the charity of your choice. 


Jennie Carol Poole
Funeral service for Jennie Carol Poole, 64, was held Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. at Sonrise Fellowship Church with Bro. Lee Tippet and Bro. Ricky Hart officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery at Upshaw. 

Mrs. Poole passed away Jan. 31 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Dec. 7, 1957, in Lawrence County to Masie Floyd Borden and Irene Suddoth Borden. 

She was a member and church secretary for SonRise Fellowship Church. She loved her church and took care of the building and grounds. She was employed by NHC and the Wallace Center as a mental health worker prior to her passing.  

Mrs. Poole loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Wesley Tippet, Roger Borden and William Borden. 

Survivors include her husband, Steve Poole; sons, Steven John Poole (Leah Jackson Poole) and Michael J. Poole (Nichole Thompson); brothers, Kent Borden (Linda) and Lemon Borden (Carol); sister, Shirley Fairbanks; and grandchildren, Bradley Poole (Catherine), Aiden Poole, Hadley Poole and Ainsley Poole.
Pallbearers were Wallace Smith, Joe Smith, Bradley Poole, Aiden Poole, Jamie Fairbanks and Rodney Borden. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Borden and Myron Thompson.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Nancy Gale Jones
Funeral service for Nancy Gale Jones, 75, was held Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jamin Grubbs officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Grange Hall Cemetery. 

Mrs. Jones died Feb. 2 at Decatur Morgan Hospital.
She was born Jan. 14, 1947, in Morgan County to William C. Woods and Verdine Woods. She was a mental health worker for Lurleen B. Wallace Center prior to her retirement.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Eugene Jones, eight brothers and sisters and her parents. 

Survivors include her sons, Allan Jones (Michelle), Greg Jones (Kim) and Bryan Jones; daughter, Jessica Taylor; and grandchildren, Breeanna Jones, Caleb Jones, Marlee Jones, Kayla Jones, Matthew Jones, Alysia Taylor and Icelyn Jones 

Pallbearers were family and friends. 


Charles Robert “Bobby” Knowlton
Funeral service for Charles Robert “Bobby” Knowlton was held Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hartselle with Brother Jimmy Legg and Brother Corey Cochran officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Peck Funeral Home directed.  

Mr. Knowlton was born Nov. 18, 1949, in Morgan County to Charles and Lurlene Speakman Knowlton. He died Feb. 3 in Winston County. He was a 1968 graduate of Morgan County High School, and he attended Calhoun Community College and Athens State University on a baseball scholarship. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Alabama–Birmingham. 

Mr. Knowlton taught and coached physical education for 34 years in the Hartselle City Schools system at the junior high and high school. His passion was developing lessons on varying activities and seeing his students succeed not only in school but also in life. He was an assistant coach for the 1994 Hartselle State Championship basketball team, and his favorite hobbies were fishing and golfing. 

He loved being outdoors and watching birds but he despised chipmunks. 

He was a very quiet and humble person who always wanted to do his personal best in everything and never sought the spotlight. He was generous, kind, loyal and compassionate and always willing to give of his time to help others. 

He loved his family with his whole heart and was very proud of his children and 11 grandchildren. He enjoyed watching them play sports and adding some coaching comments after each event. 

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Anne Stephenson Knowlton; three children, James Wesley Knowlton (Holly) and their children, Ella, Emma and Jack Knowlton; Kelley Knowlton Hopkins (Shane) and their children, Elijah, Anna Katherine, Evan, Asher and Andrew Hopkins; Charles Robert Knowlton II (Jennifer) and their children, Addison, Amelia and Bentley Knowlton; and one sister, Reba Knowlton Dyer (Ken). 

Charlie Knowlton, Shane Hopkins, Elijah Hopkins, George Stephenson, Will Stephenson and Jay Knowlton served as pallbearers. Jack Crow, Lee Brown, Bull Terry, Charlie Yarbrough, Harvey Woodley, Jimmy Yarbrough, Gary Spivey, Ray Stephenson, Bill Harwell, Allen Kincaid, Bob Harp and J.A. Phillips served as honorary pallbearers. 

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Robert Emerson Cuyle Jr.
Funeral service for Robert Emerson Cuyle Jr., 59, will be Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Guinn officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Feb. 10 from 4-6 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home. 

Mr. Cuyle died Feb. 4 at his residence. He was born July 10, 1962, in Germany to Robert Emerson Cuyle, Sr. and Laura Jane Boling Cuyle.  

He was employed by Ryan’s Steak House as a cook prior to his passing. He enjoyed fishing, music and tinkering with old cars and was an animal lover.  

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include his sons, Thomas Edward Cuyle (Kari), Trinity, and Nicholas Kenneth Gardner, Avon, Ind.; daughters, Brandy Lee Quattlebaum (Stephen), Hartselle, and Christina Ann Hicks (Charlie), Hartselle; and six grandchildren. 


Tara Jo Johnson Baldwin 


Funeral service for Tara Jo Johnson Baldwin was held Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Joe Jonas officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.  

Mrs. Baldwin died Feb. 4 at her residence. She was born March 17, 1966, in Morgan County to Kenneth and Peggy Johnson. 

To know Tara was to love her. She had a huge loving heart and a generous, giving spirit and a sense of humor that always kept you laughing. She loved people and animals and would do anything she could to help both. She loved playing in the marching band and played the flute in her youth. She acquired a love and unbelievable skill for softball as a child and played and kept the enthusiasm for the sport into her adulthood. She was always ready for an impromptu road trip to the Amish country or any number of adventures. She was a wonderful designer and party planner. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and was always there for anyone that needed her. She was kind and compassionate to everyone she met.  

She was a loving mother and Nana. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest accomplishments. 

Survivors include one son, Justin Watson (Madison); one daughter, Whitney Watson (Madison); one brother, Tim Johnson; one sister, Tammy Widner; and two grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Justin Watson, Will Johnson, Steve Watson, Tim Johnson, Jason Haddock and Matt Nave. 


Sara Bracken 


Funeral service for Sara Bracken, 35, was held Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. in Peck Funeral Home Chapel.  

Miss Bracken was born Nov. 11, 1986, to Sherrill and Betty Bracken in Wisconsin. She died Feb. 5 at her residence. 

Sara was in the special Olympics for bowling and swimming, which she was very proud of. She was also very proud to work at Dominos and got her family Christmas gifts with her first paycheck.  

Sara loved her nieces and nephews, as well as her entire family. She enjoyed cooking Thanksgiving dinner for her family and spending time with them. She had a big heart and will be missed greatly.  

Sara was preceded in death by her dad and grandmother. 

Survivors include her mother, Betty Bracken; three brothers, Randy Bracken (Stacy), Michael Bracken (Meta) and Richard Bracken (Delana); one sister, Deanna Purser (Mikeal); 10 nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and nephews. 


Glen Digman

A graveside funeral service and interment for Glen Digman, 61, will be held Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at Cook Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing. No visitation is scheduled. 

Mr. Digman died Feb. 3. He was born April 27, 1960, in Lorraine, Ohio, to Seldon Digmen and Mary Jeanette Stinson Digman.  

He was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his father, Seldon Digman; daughter, Jennifer Digman; and sister, Carolyn Petty.



Christmas in the Park enjoyed in Falkville despite rain


Somerville woman arrested after threat made in Priceville


Officials: Escaped Morgan inmate apparently caused his own death


Majority leader Stadthagen sees strength in election of 26 republican legislators


Lacey’s Spring community fighting proposed rock quarry


Hartselle students participate in character expo


Authorities: Gifts in unlocked cars a tempting target so take preventive measures

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Three arrested for theft of vehicle in Hartselle


Annual Christmas parade to be held Thursday  


Some concerned over new Hartselle superintendent hire  

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Town of Falkville to hold Christmas in the Park Sunday

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Hartselle Holiday Market returns Saturday


Old Hartselle post office to become event center, new home for chamber  

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‘Have a Hart’ information session to be held Dec. 2

Morgan County

Future leader


Alabama DHR accepting applications for next round of child care bonuses 


Spirit of Thanksgiving: Volunteers deliver 266 food bags on holiday for Meals on Wheels  

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to let citizens behind the scenes with academy  


Winter window wonderland  

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Council to interview candidates for Parks and Rec director job  


Live nativity scene returns to First Christian Dec. 7-10


Local church prepares 400 Thanksgiving meals


HIS students help clean up effort at Mt. Tabor Cemetery 


Lovely landscape